Using state-of-the-art technology to spy is nothing new. The news that everyone can be spied on, from ordinary citizens to heads of State, is anything new as well. Resistance, as the Vogons used to say, is useless? by Andrea Monti – Initially published in Italian by Strategikon an Italian Tech Blog Continue reading “Pegasus is not the problem with electronic surveillance”
Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFTs and smart contracts are all the rage. They promise (yet another) revolution. They attract public and private investment. They allow those who have embraced them to make fortunes and lose everything. They are also, however, the umpteenth step towards electronic slavery masquerading as a dream of freedom. Thanks to these technologies – but more generally to how the IT market works – we transfer control over the economic and intellectual value we create with our work and thought efforts to private operators. In exchange for what? by Andrea Monti – Initially published in Italian by Strategikon – an Italian Tech Blog. Continue reading “Stay away from blockchain and cryptocurrencies, says nerd”
Two recent leaks reveal the European Union’s choices on cryptography. Child protection and national security are the reasons for the impossible mission of ensuring security through weakened encryption. By Andrea Monti, Adjunct Professor of Law and Order at the University of Chieti-Pescara – Originally published in Italian by Formiche.net Continue reading “The EU contradictions on cryptography”
Amazon knows in extreme detail – thanks to the analysis of purchases – my interests and – thanks to the analysis of how I use my Kindle – my reading habits. Yet he sends me an email to suggest, on the basis of my profiling, to buy a book that I wrote.
If all a giant with a limitless computing might like Amazon is able to extract from my personal data is a suggestion to buy my own books either I’m not actually monitored or profiling just doesn’t work.